Greenergy's biodiesel manufacturing faciity at Immingham restarts following flooding
30th April 2014
Greenergy's biodiesel manufacturing facility at Immingham commenced production again this week following tidal flooding last December, the worst experienced in more than 60 years.
The facility is the largest of its kind in Europe, converting a wide range of waste oils and fats into biodiesel.
The tidal flood, on 5 December 2013, caused water levels in the facility to reach seven feet in places and resulted in extensive damage to electrical equipment and pumps. The facility was shut down safely in advance of the flooding, there was no loss of containment and no one was hurt.
All critical equipment damaged by flooding has since been replaced and a phased programme of re-commissioning has now begun, allowing for testing and adjustments during the restart process.
Greenergy staff continue to coordinate the rebuilding of the site from a temporary office in Grimsby and will move back into their new offices at the facility towards the end of May. The company employs nearly 50 staff at its Immingham facility, in addition to over 25 local contractors daily.
Andrew Owens, Chief Executive of Greenergy said:
"Our Immingham team have been working hard to reinstall the vital equipment needed to get this important plant back into production. It's been a challenging period for everyone, but we're all pleased with how quickly we have managed to repair the damage and to be getting back to normal."